Sampling is a powerful scientific tool - when it’s used honestly.
Some water researchers are ignoring the evidence offered by sampling if it doesn't fit their preconceived notions. But science should always be honest and open.
A proposed new law is set to allow surrogate parents in South Africa to also take leave to care for their babies.
South African law requires surrogate mothers to hand infants to their legal parents without undue delay. But it doesn't provide leave for these parents to care for their infants. That is set to change.
Le parc national du Simien en Éthiopie.
Guinée, Cameroun, Cap-Vert, Gambie, Niger, RDC, Éthiopie... Une promenade sauvage sur le continent africain en sept étapes.
Jazz in the classroom not only teaches children to play instruments; they may also learn a range of essential life skills.
Many middle-class parents buy classical CDs because it is supposed to make their kids clever. But a jazz-loving academic has started using her favourite genre in early childhood learning.
Much is expected of South African President Jacob Zuma when he delivers his 2016 State of the Nation Address.
The general loss of faith in the economy is the most important issue President Zuma must address. More radical social and economic transformation, with emphasis on land reform will be most critical.
Until recently, traditional healers in South Africa have operated relatively freely from government interference.
Newly proposed regulations in South Africa that would change the way traditional healers operate have come under fire.
Scuba diving must be done in a sustainable manner to preserve the industry.
Africa has a number of excellent scuba diving sites, but these must be maintained sustainably to keep attracting different divers.
Africa is the go-to destination for tourists seeking animal safari trips.
Safaris are a major tourist attraction for those travelling to Africa - and visitors are spoiled for choice on the continent.
Hunting for game at the Iwamanzi Game Reserve in South Africa.
Hunting remains a controversial pastime. But that hasn't stopped it attracting hunters wanting to track Africa's wide array of wild animals.
The Simien National Park in Ethiopia is home to globally threatened species.
There are several relatively unknown eco-friendly locations in Africa that adventure-seeking tourists would find delightful.
Anse Source d'Argent beach, La Digue island, Seychelles is one of Africa’s finest beaches.
Africa has some wonderful beaches. A serious traveller should visit at least one of them once in a lifetime.
The ANC faces its toughest municipal elections test next year amid falling support.
The annulment of the Tlokwe byelection results is a blow for the governing ANC. It has had a torrid 2015 and faces difficult local government elections early next year.
South African Oscar Pistorius at his trial for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
The Supreme Court of Appeal found that Oscar Pistorius must have foreseen, when shooting, that whoever was behind the toilet door might die, but reconciled himself with that possibility.
Farmers beat the stalks of sweet wormwood trees to extract the leaves during harvesting in rural China, The plant contains artemisinin, the drug which won the 2015 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine.
The drug partly responsible for more than halving the rate of malaria over the last 30 years and which won this year's Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine has a long history of use.
South Africa’s game reserves are loved by tourists. The new visa regulations could have a negative impact on them.
The motive behind South Africa's new visa regulations is noble. But the implementation needs to be adapted and improved to minimise the negative effect on the country's tourism industry.
Banning hunting can have negative impacts on the conservation of animals.
Botswanan communities, hunting operators and game farmers reacted badly to the country's hunting ban. This is because it generates income, particularly in poor rural areas.
The debate around whether fences aid or curb poaching continues while units try hunt poachers.
Dropping fences can help the fight against poaching by inviting the people living in surrounding areas to take care of the animals.
South Africa’s salt limiting legislation was a world first.
Legislation limiting the salt in processed foods will drastically cut the average South African's salt intake. But how effective will it be?
Literacy levels in South Africa are low, so training educators who can teach reading is more vital than ever.
There is a chasm between the research knowledge base about reading literacy and teachers' classroom practices. Standardisation could be a big part of the solution.
The colonial legacy of rigid approaches to sovereignty continue to hinder co-operative approaches to conservation in Africa.
It is important that co-operative approaches are found to conservation as the natural environment knows no political boundaries.